460 Lake Street
Oak Park, IL 60302
(708) 848-5869
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Mondays through Thursdays

Early arrival begins at 8:00AM and the afternoon session ends at 3:45PM. See Programs for specific class times.

Pilgrim Community Nursery School is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

Welcome to Pilgrim Community Nursery School

Welcome to Pilgrim Community Nursery School, located in Pilgrim Congregational Church of Oak Park, Illinois.
We are a nonprofit, nonsectarian nursery school serving the community of Oak Park, Illinois and surrounding communities. We welcome children of all races, religions, ethnic backgrounds and economic situations. Our students represent the rich diversity of the greater Oak Park area.
Pilgrim is accredited by NAEYC, the National Association for the Education of Young Children and has received Gold Star designation – the highest possible rating – from ExceleRate Illinois, the state’s quality rating and improvement system for early learning and development providers.

2016-2017 Enrollment is open now

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We know there are a lot of choices and questions when selecting a preschool for your child.  Pilgrim is a NAEYC accredited, play based preschool serving children ages 2-5.

We would love to show you all the fun and enriching experiences kids have at Pilgrim, take you on a tour through our classrooms, and talk about our exciting programming options for the 2016-2017 school year.

Please stop by the Pilgrim office for application materials, or call to schedule a visit. We’re looking forward to welcoming you to our community.

Pilgrim Community Nursery School 50th Anniversary Gala

It’s gala time! The website is up, auction items are rolling in, and tickets are on sale! Please join us for an incredible evening of fun with Pilgrim friends, teachers, and alumni. We are so excited to celebrate our 50th year, and by simply buying a ticket, you are doing your part to support our school! That’s right! No volunteer requirements–just come! If you’d like, you can even go all in on the 60’s theme and dress in the style of the decade, though this is not required! Cocktail attire is completely acceptable. Can’t make it to the event? You can STILL support Pilgrim by visiting our website:; then click the DONATE button. You can make a donation in any amount within seconds.

We’d also like to open our silent auction collection to all of you: if you have something you’d like to donate, please do let us know! We’d love to have your support. Email us!
We are gearing up for a special and fantastic celebration at Pilgrim Community Nursery School, and we hope that you will join us!

Pilgrim Community Nursery School 50th Anniversary
Saturday, April 30th, 2016, Beginning at 7:30 PM

Garfield Park Conservatory
300 N Central Park Ave, Chicago, IL 60624

Featuring appetizers, dessert & cocktails, with music by The Business.

Tickets available now, at

PCNS Receives ExceleRate Illinois Gold Circle of Quality Designation

excelerate_RGB_webPilgrim Community Nursery School has received the Gold Circle of Quality designation – the highest possible rating – from ExceleRate Illinois, the state’s new quality rating and improvement system for early learning and development providers.

ExceleRate Illinois recognizes commitment to quality by early education programs. The Gold Circle of Quality designation recognizes programs that have demonstrated quality on all 15 standards examined, as validated by an independent assessor. Gold Circle programs meet or exceed specific quality benchmarks on learning environment, instructional quality, and all program administrative standards; group size and staff/child ratios; staff qualifications; and professional development.

ExceleRate Illinois is administered through INCCRRA under the joint direction of the Governor’s Office of Early Childhood Development, the Illinois Department of Human Services, and the Illinois State Board of Education. For more information on ExceleRate Illinois and the Gold Circle of Quality designation, visit

Pilgrim Community Nursery School Teachers, Students Inspire Novelist Elizabeth Berg

For more than 45 years, the teachers at Pilgrim Community Nursery School have shaped the lives of countless students from across Oak Park and surrounding communities.

Now, those teachers are helping to breathe “life” into a fictional character.

Sometime next year, readers of New York Times Best Selling Author Elizabeth Berg will meet Jane, a retired nursery school teacher who still wears trinkets made by her students, and whose on-the-job experiences contribute to her world view, according to Berg.

“I began writing this book knowing the protagonist was going to be a preschool teacher,” she said. “And she needed to have some of the characteristics I had associated with nursery school teachers.”

That’s where Pilgrim School comes into play.

Read more at TribLocal Oak Park / River Forest.